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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Jones' Youth America's Cup Helm Hopes Dashed

With the news that Olympic sailor Gemma Jones' bid to become the first woman at the helm of a Youth America's Cup boat has fallen short.

Jones, the daughter of America's Cup legend Murray and Olympic silver medallist Jan Shearer, was one of 13 sailors invited to trial for a place in the NZL Sailing Team crew for the June event.

This still leaves Bermuda’s Ceci Wollmann in the position of making history when the event gets underway in Bermuda Waters.

Jones and crew mate Jason Saunders finished fourth in the mixed multihull Nacra 17 class at last year's Olympics, where she was the only female skipper in the medal race.

The 23-year-old had been eyeing the helming duties or a tactical role on the Kiwi boat, but was not among the eight-strong crew named by Yachting New Zealand yesterday.

Logan Dunning Beck will be skipper and helmsman for the campaign and will be joined by Stewart Dodson, Isaac McHardie, Micah Wilkinson, Matt Kempkers, Luca Brown, Harry Hull and Josh Salthouse.
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